Tiny, bright particles floated on the air in my room on Viejo Pancho Street. One of my earliest memories is of me trying, futilely, to catch them.
I was born in Montevideo (1966) to Austro-Hungarian parents who were very active in the cultural life of the city. I grew up among books, antiques, theater, film, music and of course, stories: stories of real adventures—and also flights of fancy.
Some of my early work was done with a lip pencil on the back of our new ochre velvet chair, or dripping indigo-colored ink on our terracotta-tiled floor or doodling in my mother’s art books.
The sensuality of the materials is still essential in my work, being it the paint, its fluidity as a liquid, soft or as an impasto, the vibration of the pigment, the line, the transparencies. My work deals with vulnerability, poetry and echoes.
I work on oils, paper, artist books, objects, treated photographs, and installations that change with the light at different times of the day, almost as if breathing. The art becomes a moment of existence, a sacred space, a moment of spirituality.
1993-97 studied painting at Fine Art Acadeny NABA, Milan, Italy, and B.A. Art History, Humanities -Literature, Japanese Art, Communications and Feminism- studies for M.A. in Art History and Museology at the Hebrew University. Since 1998 lives and works in Modi'in, Israel. Okret also curates exhibitions, writes art texts, gives art lectures internationally in four languages (Spanish, Italian, English and Hebrew). She gives Master classes and coaches artist in her studio and virtually too.
She has exhibited in more than 20 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 group shows, in Israel, and abroad. Her works are in private collections all over the world, and in the Israel Museum, the Jewish Museum of the Ghetto in Venice, the Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, the Museum Bar Am and the Janco Dada Museum.